Most people don’t understand why they should visit a dentist for general checkups twice a year if they don’t see any problems. The main benefit of biannual dental exams is to prevent tooth loss no matter what the issue may be. More often than not, a majority of tooth loss is caused by gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Dr. Cui’s San Francisco practice performs exams to keep your existing teeth healthy and to reverse damage caused by gum disease.
Many symptoms are only noticed by trained professionals.
As if they weren’t already hard enough to see, your gums still have plenty of problems that are difficult to notice. Symptoms of gum disease are often tough to recognize because they seem so insignificant at first. Gingivitis is present in the mouths of over half of the population, and when left unchecked, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease.
Periodontal symptoms can include:
- Pain while chewing
- Gums that are swollen and red
- Persistent bad breath
- Bleeding, tender gums
- Sensitive or loose teeth
- Receding gums
Several factors can contribute to periodontal disease: plaque buildup, heredity, and lifestyle choices. By far, the most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque, the sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, and more bacteria and toxins hide, flourish, and destroy your gums and teeth. Over time, this process can affect not only gums, teeth, and bone within the mouth, but also overall health.